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Wandering is a real concern for children and adults with ASD.

by on November 29, 2013


With so many missing children with autism in the news this past year, we wanted to share this post again with a few new resources and recommended links.

Similar to wandering* behaviors in seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are prone to wandering away from a safe environment. Typically they will leave to get to something of interest, such as water, the park, or train tracks — or to get away from something, such as loud noises, commotion, or bright lights.

Dangers associated with wandering include drowning, getting struck by a vehicle, falling from a high place, dehydration, hyperthermia, abduction, victimization and assault.

Because children with autism are challenged in areas of language and cognitive function, it can be difficult to teach them about dangers and ways to stay safe.

Art by an Autistic Child: III Wander by T.T.Th...

*Wandering may also be referred to as elopement, running, bolting, fleeing. To learn more:


From → Autism, Special Needs

One Comment
  1. Myra L. permalink

    ABA is great for any age on the autism spectrum. See: “behavioral and nursing care in severe autism”

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